Garland, D. () 'Concepts of Culture in the Sociology of Punishment', Theoretical Criminology 10(4): Google Scholar, SAGE Journals, ISI. Sewell, W.H., Jr () 'The Concept(s) of Culture', in V.E. Bonnell and L. Hunt ( eds) Beyond the Cultural Turn, pp. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 17 Dec Criminologist Michelle Brown considers the intersection between punishment and pop culture—where most Americans develop their conceptions about penality. Michelle Brown is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee and Fellow at the Indiana University Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions and author of The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle. All books by Michelle Brown. America is the most punitive nation in.